Greg O’ Connor
A lifelong athlete and former Division II tight end for Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Greg fulfilled his true calling in opening Champions Sports Performance in Cornelius in May of 2011. Coming out of Cal Poly, Greg entered the financial markets as a bond trader and over the next 24 years rose to the Managing Director level at two firms. This career took he and his wife of 30 years, Pam, to stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Memphis. Greg credits his father, Don O’Connor, for his lifelong passion for training. Don contracted polio in both legs as a teenager, yet he never let it stop him from training, of course, in old school fashion. Pushing 88 now, Greg’s dad continues to train 1 1⁄2 hours 5 days a week.
Greg also credits many great coaches and mentors throughout his life in shaping who he is today. John Durant, Greg’s high school strength coach who is still training kids today at SLO High, holds a special spot in this group. The dedication, poise, and loyalty Greg learned from Coach Durant are a big part of Champions DNA today.
Greg and Pam have three kids, Allison, 27 a former ESL teacher who now teaches yoga full time in Charlotte, Ryan, 25, a former Parisi Performance Coach of the Year who are now in sales for NCSA in Chicago, and Evan, 20, Champions all time strongest athlete, who now lives and works in Northern California.
Mission Statement “To live a life of honor, integrity, and enlightenment…Impart my positive passions to as many people as possible, and those who would benefit the most.”